The children just finished their second semester, and are now on a one week break. They will be visiting their extended family during their break. We will be reporting on their report cards later when we receive them, but the comments from the teachers are greatly promising. The extra curricular classes that they are taking are reply paying huge dividend. We have found that the physical education that the children are taking (basketball and taekwondo) are having greatly positive impacts on their academic performance. The children also enjoyed Arts and Crafts classes with board member Aissata and volunteer Leah. Enjoy some of the pictures.
It is Christmas Break in Mali, and with it comes first academic semester results. Thanks to your support, in addition to the traditional classroom time that they get at shcool, we have been able to hire two instructors for the children: one who teaches them Math, and French, and who teaches them English. With that extra support, the children have gone from poor performance (last year prior to their acceptance to ACFA, 80% of them were held back in school) to ranking in the top 10% of their classes, with GPAs of 6 and 7 out of 10. In a country where English is only introduced in the 7th grade, our children are taking English classes since the first grade.
Our CEO, Kadiatou F. Sidibe, and board of director member, Aissata Traore are in Bamako, Mali. ACFA-Mali’s children will be having their first Christmas. Though aged from 5 to 8, these children have never known any Christmas!! Thanks to your support they will this year. When I showed them a picture of Santa Claus and asked them what it was, I received the answer: “it’s an alien midget”. This week, they learned their Christmas and holiday seasons songs and are ready to celebrate Christmas, and new year 2011. Thank you for your generous support!
For the past several months, changes have occurred in the lives of our children: shelter, education, health care, and nutrition are all part of these changes.
In addition to regularily attending school, our children have been enrolled in after school extra educational curriculum activities: Math, French, Geography, etc... Additionally, they are taking English classes, and are enrolled in basketball practices. This week we are negotiating with the World Taekwondo Champion’s (Daba Modibo Keita) Office to enroll the children to take classes in Taekwondo.
The children have dreams:
1. Little Saleh wants to be a police officer;
2. Korotoumou wants to be a TV reporter
3. Fouseini wants to work at the Congress
4. Alassane Diallo wants to be an Immigration Officer
5. Adama and Alassane Traore want to be telecommunication technicians
6. And more.
We got these children from the street not too long ago, where they were begging for food and money, with no hope for education at all. Thanks to your continued support, only 2 months later they have dreams. Please continue helping us support them, and give them a way to achieve those dreams. Thank you.
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